15 days in Western US Itinerary

15 days in Western US Itinerary

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15 days in Western US Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h
1
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
2
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Seattle
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Dallas

1
night
Las Vegas

Las Vegas ©
Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip and then don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the stunning scenery at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and then see the interesting displays at The Mob Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Las Vegas trip planner .

Dallas to Las Vegas is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas to Las Vegas, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dallas in July: highs in Las Vegas hover around 104°F, while lows dip to 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fountains of Bellagio ©
Fountains of Bellagio
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Taft Point and Vernal Fall will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Bridalveil Fall. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point, take some stellar pictures from Tunnel View, don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point, and trek along Nevada Falls Loop.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Las Vegas in July; daily highs in Yosemite National Park reach 83°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mariposa Grove ©
Mariposa Grove
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
Sentinel Dome ©
Sentinel Dome

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Popular historic sites such as Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz Island are in your itinerary. Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Domaine Carneros in Napa (about 1 hour away). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with Exploratorium, get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Steps, wander the streets of The Castro, and take in panoramic vistas at Coit Tower.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our San Francisco trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Yosemite National Park in July, expect nights in San Francisco to be a bit warmer, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Domaine Carneros
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Alki Beach, shop like a local with Pike Place Market, then get a taste of the local shopping with Chihuly Garden and Glass, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Seattle trip itinerary planning website .

You can fly from San Francisco to Seattle in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from San Francisco in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Seattle, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Yellowstone National Park.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Pike Place Market ©
Pike Place Market
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Alki Beach ©
Alki Beach

3
nights
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Get some historical perspective at Lamar Valley and Grand Prismatic Spring. Take a break from the city and head to Old Faithful and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The adventure continues: hike along Artist Point, take in the natural beauty of Upper Geyser Basin, explore the activities along Yellowstone Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Yellowstone National Park visit planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Seattle to Yellowstone National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Seattle in July: highs in Yellowstone National Park hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Lamar Valley ©
Lamar Valley
Old Faithful ©
Old Faithful

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